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Fallen EMS Providers Honored in NY Ceremony
ALBANY, NY (WRGB) - Three new names are now on the Tree of Life EMS memorial at the Empire State Plaza. Governor Cuomo recognized those three EMS responders in a ceremony Tuesday, all of whom died in 2016 as a result of injuries or illnesses that happened while performing their duties.  Read more... (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WRGB Staff Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

East Coast EMS Memorial Bike Ride Finishes in Arlington
The East Coast Route of the National EMS Memorial Bicycle Ride completed on May 19th after completing over 530 miles in 7 days.  “The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. (NEMSMBR) honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.”  The group started in Boston on May 13th, completing the first two days in cold and wet weather.  But they persevered on, and had o...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Darren Girardeau Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

A Letter from Jon R. Krohmer, Director NHTSA Office of EMS
Recognizing EMS Week: Always in Service        I am so lucky to have spent most of my career alongside EMS professionals who dedicate themselves to service to others. As an emergency physician, I helped treat people who were brought to the emergency department by EMTs and paramedics who worked long hours, received little recognition and often sacrificed greatly in order to serve their communities. As an EMS medical director and a federal official, I see that same commitment also in the service leaders, state officials and policymakers who help support EMS systems across the country.  The EMS p...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jon R. Krohmer, MD Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

JEMS Editor In Chief Attends EMS 2017 in Copenhagen
JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman is in Copenhagen speaking and covering the European EMS Conference. JEMS is the Exclusive North American Media Partner for the event and A.J. will be filing frequent updates on this important conference which was opened by Her Royal Hynes Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Follow JEMS for the most informative updates and A.J.'s perspective on the conference. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

President Trump Appoints Chief G. Keith Bryant as U.S. Fire Administrator
Fairfax, Va. -- President Donald J. Trump announced May 18 his intention to appoint Chief G. Keith Bryant, 2014-2015 IAFC president, as U.S. fire administrator. As an entity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Fire Administration provides national leadership to foster a solid foundation for American fire and emergency service stakeholders in prevention, preparedness and response. "The IAFC is extremely pleased with President Trump's appointment of Chief Keith Bryant as U.S. fire administrator," said Chief John Sinclair, IAFC president a...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: International Association of Fire Chiefs Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

UAMS Professor Develops App to Medically Train Dispatchers
  FAYETTEVILLE, AR - In an emergency, a call to 911 is usually the first instinct. That phone call between you and the dispatcher can make all the difference in saving lives. However, according to Central EMS in Fayetteville, for most counties medical training isn't mandatory for dispatchers.  Becky Stewart, Central EMS Chief explained, "They have to know how to recognize a heart attack. They have to know how to help with CPR. And if they can get that information in a free app, I think that's awesome."  Out of the 75 counties in Arkansas, only 5 have emergency medical dispatchers, according to Dr. ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Haley Hughey, KNWA Tags: News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

NEMSMA Releases New Position Paper on Paramedicine Nomenclature
The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) has issued a new Position Paper promoting common language in the field of Paramedicine. NEMSMA is advocating that the term “Paramedicine” be used to describe the discipline of pre-hospital medicine (historically called EMS) and that the term “paramedic” become the standard reference to all individual providers. For nearly half of a century US ambulance services and providers alike have used a variety of names to describe themselves and the work they do. A statement published by The National EMS Advisory Council in December, 2016 cited no less than 37 ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Richmond Ambulance Authority Named a Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs (VMLIP) Risk Management Performance Award Winner for 2017
Richmond, VA - The Richmond Ambulance Authority has been awarded a Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs (VMLIP) Risk Management Performance Award for 2017. RAA was recognized Friday, May 12th at VMLIP’s 2017 Annual Meeting held in Glen Allen. Each year, Risk Management Performance Awards are presented to members with a proactive risk management attitude and commitment, excellent loss experience and reporting time, or a significant improvement in their loss ratios.  The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize outstanding risk management performance. RAA’s clinical education staf...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Richmond Ambulance Authority Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Hawks Cay Resort is Celebrating its Annual Heroes Salute with an Extra Month
DUCK KEY, Fla. – Hawks Cay Resort, an iconic destination resort in the Florida Keys, is honoring the brave men and women who serve our nation with its 9th annual Heroes Salute program, which is now from August 15 – December 23, 2017. Heroes Salute honors American heroes by offering active and retired members of the military, fire rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel, special discounted room rates starting at $129 per night, as well as discounts on resort activities and special weekly tribute events. The Heroes Salute Weekend celebration kicks off the program with live music, fireworks, food and activit...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hawks Cay Resort Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Epidemiologist Morgan Anderson Joins ImageTrend
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the addition of Morgan Anderson, MPH, to its growing team. For the prior five years, she worked at the US Army Public Health Center’s Injury Prevention Department, where she focused on the study, analysis and interpretation of trauma data. “We are very excited about the blend of skills and analytical mind Morgan brings to the team,” remarked Mike McBrady, President of ImageTrend. “We foresee her work helping our clients do more with their data through guided analysis so they can accomplish their goals.” In addition to working with the company&rsquo...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Five Ada County Paramedics to Receive Red Cross Hero Award
Boise, Idaho – Five Ada County Paramedics employees will receive the American Red Cross’ Hometown Hero Award in a ceremony at the Riverside Hotel, May 16th at 12 pm. Annelise Lane, Casey Lane, Peder Ahearn, Cody Porter and Emily Shaw will be among the recipients.  Annelise, Casey, Peder and Cody are all members of the Ada County Paramedics Tactical Medical (Tac Med) Team who responded to a November 2016 Boise Police officer shooting. They will be honored at the awards luncheon with the “Medical Hero” award for their lifesaving care of two officers, including Corporal Kevin Holtry, who were...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hadley Mayes, Ada County Paramedics Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

PulsePoint Foundation Appoints Medical Director
HILTON HEAD, SC —The PulsePoint Foundation, a pioneer of location-aware mobile apps that empower off-duty professionals and everyday citizens to provide lifeā€saving assistance to victims of cardiac arrest, has announced that Michael Sayre, MD, has been named its first medical director, responsible for medical guidance, oversight and continuous quality improvement for the Foundation. The announcement was made at the South Carolina Resuscitation Academy, a regional program for EMS managers, EMS directors and EMS medical directors, and conducted in association with Seattle Medic One and King County EMS. “With ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PulsePoint Foundation Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Richmond Ambulance Authority Manager to Receive a Major Award From the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
Richmond, Va. - Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) Training  Manager, Shannon Daniel, has been selected by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to receive the 2017 Excellence in Training & Education award. The award, to be presented this week at the 14th World Congress on Stress Trauma and Coping in Baltimore, is given to commemorate an individual’s exemplary dedication and commitment to critical incident stress management. Shannon is one of the founding members of the RAA Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and is regularly on ca...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rob Lawrence, Richmond Ambulance Authority Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

VFIS Announces ESO Drone Coverage at No Extra Cost
YORK, Pa. – With the ability to deliver real time, high definition, infrared video while reaching inaccessible or dangerous areas, the use of drones in the emergency services industry is ever increasing. While this technology may help keep first responders from unnecessary danger, ESOs now face the risk of both liability and financial issues. VFIS recently announced that as of June 1, clients will automatically receive drone coverage as part of their policy at no extra cost. Coverage includes repair or replacement, general and excess liability for drones that are owned, operated, rented or loaned to the ESO. “W...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: VFIS Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

FDNY Unveils 2017 EMS Week Poster
NEW YORK - On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro joined FDNY members and a patient they rescued this past February at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn to officially unveil this year’s new citywide posters celebrating national EMS Week 2017, which begins on Sunday, May 21. This year’s FDNY-developed poster’s theme is “Always In Service” and features FDNY Rescue Paramedics Jose Benitez and Ari Nathanson of Station 8 in Manhattan working closely with Firefighter Gregory Beach of Rescue Company 1 and Firefighters Ronneal Edwards and Brendan Lee of Engine 26 to provide emergenc...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fire Department City of New York Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Celebrating ImageTrend Co-founder Valerie McBrady
LAKEVILLE, MINN. – Valerie McBrady, co-founder of ImageTrend, passed away at her home on the morning of May 4, 2017 after a prolonged illness. She served as Chief Operating Officer since the company’s beginning in 1998.  Valerie’s positive outlook resonated within the ImageTrend community and extended to customers, as she treated each individual as a friend. She believed in innovation and nurturing individuals, and was the driving force behind the company’s in-house daycare. To Valerie, everything, everyone and every idea was connected and important. “She was the designer of ImageTrend&rs...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Identifying and Learning from Clinical Errors in Prehospital Care
This report, published 17 years ago, estimated a 4% rate of medical errors for hospitalized patients. Subsequent research has shown this 4% error rate to be consistent with patients in the ED. Although we don't have definitive data on error rates in EMS, given the consistency of rates of errors in hospitalized patients and ED patients, it wouldn't be illogical to presume a rate of 4% in the prehospital environment. It may even be reasonable to speculate that the rate could be even higher given the complexity of our patients, austere conditions and differences in provider education. Consider a hypothetical EMS s...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

The Stress in EMS: Effects of Stress on the Unsung Heroes of the EMS Profession
You might be an EMT if…you are willing to take on a high-stress profession that requires state-mandated training to respond to life and death decision-making calls and be willing to accept a lower-than-normal salary than other first responders. EMTs are often the lifeline for patients between the location of the incident and the hospital. The hours are long and the job often requires 24-hour shifts. EMT training is essential life-saving instruction. What EMS personnel often share with other first responding professions is that their chosen profession also comes with a high dose of stress. EMTs Are Low in Pay—H...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark W. Lamplugh, Jr. Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Orange County, Calif., Begins Field Implementation of EMS Access to Patient History via HIE
You and your partner respond to a 9-1-1 call for a woman with altered mental status. After ensuring there are no immediate life threats and completing your initial assessment, you attempt to get information about the patient's medical history, current medications and allergies. She isn't able to offer clear information on her current medications, and when you turn to the family, the patient's family member hands you a bag with at least 15 different medications. This is an all-too-familiar scenario for many EMS responders. EMTs and paramedics typically rely only on those on scene to volunteer critical medical information pr...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Daniel R. Smiley Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Does EMS Need a Name Change?
There's much discussion within, and among, several prominent EMS organizations and associations around the country, as well as the National EMS Advisory Council, that the EMS industry has grown into its own healthcare discipline, with several sub-domains, and it's time we redefine ourselves as an industry and modify the nomenclature we use to describe ourselves. Proponents of this idea believe that EMS and 9-1-1 response is just one aspect of what we do. We also provide community paramedicine services, preventive healthcare screenings, mass gathering care, non-emergent medical transportation and specialty care transport se...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACHE, FCEMSE Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Staying Current on Data Can Reduce Liability
As the healthcare system continues its pace of dizzying change, a sharp focus continues to be placed on value-based reimbursement. This means that payers-most notably the federal government-want to reimburse only for things that are proven to benefit patients. It's likely that full linkage of value-based payments to EMS is some ways off, but the message is clear: EMS must be able to objectively and scientifically demonstrate that all of its practices, methods and treatments are sound and rooted in data. Data is Evidence Just think of the list of all the latest and greatest gadgets and techniques that have fallen out o...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Doug Wolfberg Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

A Report From EMS 3.0 Summit 2017
Across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, EMS leaders and visionaries gathered April 24, 2017 in Arlington, VA to discuss the future of EMS within the United States. Organized by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and in part sponsored by JEMS, the 2017 EMS Transformation Summit explored likely changes and key components of tomorrow’s EMS, also known as “EMS 3.0.” Matt Zavadsky, chief strategic integration officer, MedStar Mobile Health (Fort Worth, TX) and JEMS MIH Editor, served as moderator of the Summit’s agenda.  In his opening remarks, Zavad...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William K. Atkinson, PhD, MPH, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

JEMS Editor-in-Chief Reunites With Baby He Helped Revive 27 Years Later
A.J. Heightman calls it nothing short of a miracle 27 years ago when he made a split, gut decision to begin resuscitation on a premature baby not breathing. Heightman, with the help of other medics, in May 1990 eventually got the baby breathing again on his own while en route to the hospital.  (Read more...) Perhaps the greatest honor of my career – the chance to meet a patient that challenged all my training, my senses and my emotions. To finally meet Rodney Barron II and hold his son Rodney III was magical.  I could feel the “life forces” in Rodney the III telling me that I had contributed to ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Editor in Chief, JEMS Tags: News Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Community Ratings, Essential Benefits at Center of New GOP Push to Replace ACA
This news report highlights exactly why the EMS profession should keep a very close eye on legislative efforts to change healthcare public policy options as an alternate to the current Affordable Care Act. From the article: While the draft amendment would retain the ACA's provision that insurers cover 10 essential benefits, states would be able to seek a waiver to do away with that requirement. The draft amendment also aims to retool how premiums are set. Under the ACA, insurers calculate premiums using a community rating, which is intended to bring down costs for sicker members. Here too, the draft amendment would allow s...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Limited Communication Between 911 Dispatchers a Factor in Fatal Bike Crash
DETROIT (AP) — A crash that killed five bicyclists in southwestern Michigan might have been prevented by better communication between 911 dispatchers who got three calls about a reckless driver before he plowed into a pack of riders on a rural road, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The dispatchers, who worked for three different police agencies in Kalamazoo County, had "limited communication" with each other in the 22 minutes between the first 911 call and the crash last June, the NTSB said in an April 11 report. Five cyclists were killed and four more were injured in Kalam...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ed White, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Local EMS, Law Enforcement Collaborate to Combat Opioid Addiction
It will take a joint effort by law enforcement, health care providers, social workers and addiction recovery professionals to combat the opioid crisis. What do you get when you put together two recovering opioid users, two police chiefs, a narcotics officer, an EMS supervisor and a social worker? The answer is not a punch line or a crime drama. The answer is solutions. You get solutions. Those participants met last week at a remarkable panel discussion, presented by Triad Behavioral Resources & New Vision Therapy, to talk about addressing opioid addiction. "I'm very exited to have this conversation," said Cha...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Susan Ladd, Greensboro News & Record Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS10: Innovators in EMS 2016 Award Winners Selected
The winners of this year's EMS10: Innovators in EMS program represent some of the brightest and most innovative people working in EMS today. A panel of professional EMS colleagues and peers selected the distinguished winners, who were nominated by an individual or organization. They were chosen for displaying initiative, creative thinking, action-orientation and desire to positively impact EMS, patients and their communities. This year's winners have one thing in common: They all put patients first. Whether it's developing fresh ways to teach EMTs and paramedics how to better care for patients, introducing technology that ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elisse Miller, BA Tags: Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

Why Send a Firetruck To Do An Ambulance's Job?
This National Public Radio (NPR) article raises several current issues in EMS that I wanted to share with you. A snippet from the article: In a lot of cities across the country there's a good chance that a firetruck — with a full fire crew including a paramedic — will race to your door. But that doesn't mean they can deliver the emergency care you might need. In Chicago, like many cities, the fire department oversees both firefighters and paramedics who work on ambulances. When a medical call comes in, dispatchers usually prefer to send ambulances. But there are half as many of those as there are firetrucks. (R...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Communications Dispatch Operations Source Type: news

Some Opting for Uber Instead of an Ambulance to Get to ED
Millions of Americans take an ambulance trip every year; others get rides from willing friends or, tempting fate, drive themselves. In an article from statnews.com, author Leah Samuel writes about a new trend that has arisen: Instead of an ambulance, some sick people are hailing an emergency Uber. There are a couple of interesting messages here from the consumers interviewed. 1. Ride share to the ED is cheaper. Consumers are becoming more aware of the payment they need to make for ambulances and are making other choices. 2. They take you where you want to go. Based on the statements from a couple of the consum...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Mexico Requires Police to Carry Naloxone
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Thursday became the first U.S. state to require all local and state law enforcement agencies to provide officers with antidote kits as the state works to curb deaths from opioid and heroin overdoses. Surrounded by advocates and parents who had lost children to overdoses, Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation that was approved unanimously by lawmakers during their recent session. JEMS: EMS Data Can Help Stop Opioid Epidemic The former prosecutor and two-term Republican governor said she has seen firsthand what drug abuse can do to families and communities. "We're making pr...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Iowa Bill Could Make Many 9-1-1 Calls Secret
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Civil rights groups, media advocates and some lawmakers are opposing an Iowa bill that would end public access to many 911 calls, a broadly-worded measure that also could shield some police videos. The bill declares that 911 calls involving injured people are confidential "medical records" and exempt from Iowa's open records law. The secrecy would apply to audio and video "not limited to" the call recordings themselves, a clause that critics fear could apply to videos documenting the aftermath of officer-involved shootings. Calls made by minors under the age of 18 or about ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: RYAN J. FOLEY and BARBARA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Texas owner puts Pinellas County ambulance contract firm up for sale
The Texas-based parent company of Sunstar Paramedics, the contracted ambulance firm in Pinellas County, is consolidating its emergency medical service businesses and separating the EMS business from the rest of its hospital and health care system. The move is designed to create economies of ... Read More at Tampa Bay Business Journal (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

New Kensington: 5 injured in ambulance-car crash
Sign up for one of our email newsletters. Five people were injured in a crash between an ambulance and a car in New Kensington shortly before midnight Friday, according to Westmoreland County 911. The ambulance was transporting a patient before the collision on Freeport Road, according to dispatchers. Another important reason why all personnel and all equipment must be secured during the transport of a patient.  Equipment (and personnel) become missiles when not locked in place or belted.   Read More at Tribune Review (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Equipment Gear Patient Care Administration and Leadership JEMS imported Communications Dispatch Source Type: news

Striving Toward Evidence-Based EMS Performance Measures
The concept of customer satisfaction in medicine has largely been borrowed from the corporate world, but exactly how well it reflects quality in healthcare is a matter of debate. Patient Satisfaction For those who work in hospitals, patient satisfaction isn't just some kind of nicety for physicians, nurses and other staff to strive for; it's now become a compelling focus for hospital administrators as well. Like financial penalties for 30-day readmissions, current hospital reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and third-party insurance payers are directly tied to these scores. The underlying principle is that hospitals sh...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Neal Richmond, MD Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

CBS Orders 'Ambulance' Reality Series About EMTs
CBS has given a series order to "Ambulance," a reality show following emergency medical workers and 911 dispatchers. The one-hour series hails from producer Endemol Shine North America. "Ambulance" is based on the the BBC One series produced and created by Endemol Shine U.K. production company Dragonfly. A. J. Take on this: It's about time that a national channel like CBS chose to highlight our profession.  Can't wait to see what they produce! Read More at Variety (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Airway & Respiratory News Ambulances Vehicle Ops Cardiac Resuscitation Patient Care Operations Trauma imported Communications Dispatch Source Type: news

American Medical Response & Lyft Announce Innovative Transportation Partnership
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Two leading specialists in transportation services have joined forces to make it easier for hospitals, healthcare systems and managed care organizations to offer patients efficient transport services to and from hospital settings and medical appointments. American Medical Response (AMR), the nation’s largest provider of medical transportation, and on-demand transportation service Lyft announced a partnership to provide non-emergency medical transportation services for patients who need a ride from the hospital to their home or to outpatient procedures. This will include technology int...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Category Equipment Gear Patient Care Administration and Leadership Operations Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

NASEMSO Presents Interim Guidance on the Safe Transport of Children by EMS
Editor’s note from A.J. Heightman, Editor-in-Chief of JEMS The National Association of EMS State Officials (NASEMSO) took a big step recently in presenting interim guidance to EMS agencies for safely transporting children by in ambulances until evidence-based standards are created. This action by NASEMSO offers important recommendations that agencies should review and develop policies and procedures to ensure that children are transported in a safe and secure manner. While not endorcing and specific immobilization and/or securing products, the NASEMSO Ad Hoc Committee does recommend that “The device(s) should c...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Patient Care Special Topics Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Against a Dozen California Cities Over Alleged Ambulance Monopolies
SANTA ANA – A federal judge has dismissed a local ambulance company’s lawsuits that accused a dozen Orange County cities of running illegal monopolies over emergency services. U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton, in a written ruling this week, sided with the cities by noting that the state Legislature has favored local oversight of ambulance services. Read More at Orange County Register (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Brooklyn Lawmakers Announce Anti-Gang Bill for EMT Safety
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Brooklyn lawmakers are pushing an anti-gang bill they say could have prevented the March 16 death of a Bronx fire department emergency medical technician run down by her car-jacked ambulance. Republican Sen. Martin J. Golden gathered first responders who worked with slain EMT Yadira Arroyo to announce a bill Tuesday that would increase penalties for acts that are part of ongoing criminal gang organizations. Read More at San Antonio Express-News (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Fire and Ambulance Volunteers in NY Can Get Tax Break
(AP) - New York officials are reminding volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that they could be eligible for a personal income tax credit. The credit is designed for state residents who were active as volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers for the full tax year. The credit is worth $200 for individuals and $400 for couples filing jointly, if both spouses qualify. Read More at WHEC (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Former Wethersfield Ambulance Chief Accused of Stealing from Volunteer Ambulance Association
The former chief of the Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance Association (WVAA) is making nearly $100,000 of unauthorized purchases on the association's credit and debit cards. Police charged 48-year-old Philip J. Lombardo, of Wethersfield, with one count first-degree larceny on Monday, March 13. Read More at NBC Connecticut (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Yankees to Help Fund EMT Yadira Arroyo's Funeral, Parking
For one day, Yankee Stadium will be the House that Yadira Built. The Bronx Bombers will provide free parking Saturday for some of the 10,000 people expected at slain EMT Yadira Arroyo’s funeral — followed by a repast for mourners at the ballpark, the Daily News has learned. EMTs from around the nation are expected in the city to honor the mother of five. Read More at New York Daily News (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Selma EMS Handling of New Year's Shooting Raises Questions as County Considers Dissolving Contract
Johnston County officials are examining the actions of paramedics who responded to a shooting during a New Year's Day home invasion in Selma. Perry Champion told a 911 dispatcher that he awoke at 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 to the sound of pounding on the front door of his home on West Elizabeth Street and a man threatening to break into his home. Read More at WRAL.com (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Slain EMT's Colleagues Pack Courthouse During Hearing for Suspect in Ambulance Hijacking, Death
  The Bronx Criminal Courthouse was packed with mourning members of the FDNY as a man accused of running over and killing an emergency medical technician in a stolen ambulance last week was scheduled to face a judge Wednesday.  Jose Gonzalez, 25, is accused of murdering Yadira Arroyo, a mother of five and a 14-year veteran of the FDNY EMS. His attorney, Alice Fontier of Bronx Defenders, said Gonzalez was waiving his appearance and later told News 4 that he is recovering in the hospital.  (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NBC4NewYork Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

D.C.'s AMR Workers Consider Unionizing
    WASHINGTON (ABC7) — In the year since the American Medical Response private ambulances came on, the number of horror stories around D.C. ambulance care have mostly gone away. But workers are voting Tuesday and Thursday on whether to have the AFSCME, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, union represent them. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ABC7 Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Panel Selected to Facilitate Development of EMS Agenda 2050
What could be the role of EMS in our nation's healthcare, public health, and public safety systems in three decades? What do we have to do now to make that happen? EMS Agenda 2050, a two-year project with a mission to write a new Agenda for the Future, has selected 10 members to serve as the Technical Expert Panel (TEP), which will work with the EMS community to answer these and other questions. The panel will take ideas and suggestions from the EMS, public safety, and healthcare communities, as well as the general public, to create a path for a comprehensive system of emergency care integrated with the broader healthca...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

FDNY Holds Vigil to Remember EMT Yadira Arroyo
The New York City Fire Department held an unbearably sad vigil for Yadira Arroyo, the hero EMT who was killed in the line of duty last week.The vigil was held on Tuesday night outside EMS station 26 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.The vigil was proof of what it looks like when an entire FDNY family reaches out to the Arroyo family. Read More at abc7ny.com (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Virginia Beach Announces First-Time Event to Recognize EMS Volunteers
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - City staff and Mayor Will Sessoms made an announcement about "Rock the Squads" today. The announcement took place at Mount Trashmore Park at 11 a.m. "Rock the Squads" will be a first-time event to recognize the efforts of more than 1,000 individuals that make up the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach. Read More at WTKR (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Co-Founder of Ohio's Courtesy Ambulance Dies
NEWARK - The co-founder of Courtesy Ambulance, Clair Griggs, died at his home Friday at the age of 90. Griggs and his wife, Lois, founded Courtesy Ambulance and Courtesy Funeral Livery in 1971 to help serve the community. The company's foundation was the continuation of a lifelong desire to help others and a passion for emergency medical work, according to Griggs' obituary. Read More at Newarkadvocate (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Union Boss Calls on Alberta Health to Increase Ambulance Funding
The union that represents Alberta’s ambulance workers says the provincial government is risking the stability of the service by refusing to provide a funding increase in the latest health budget. ‘This budget fails to respond to current response levels … with no growth of any kind,” Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, said Friday. Read More at Ottawa Citizen (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news